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14 Celebrities Who Dated Their Employee


Dating a coworker can be problematic, but hooking up with an employee is even more rife with opportunities to go terribly wrong. However, that hasn't stopped a slew of celebrities from dipping their toe in the underling pool.

From nannies to backup dancers, read on to find out which famous stars have dated someone on their celebrity payroll.


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1Heidi Klum

After her marriage to Seal fell apart in 2012, model and mom of four Heidi Klum found love again with someone who made her feel safe, her bodyguard Martin Kristen. The pair dated for a little over a year before calling it quits in early 2014.

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Picking out her husband's clothes must have come naturally for stylist Tameka Foster when she married Usher in 2007. The two met on the set of one of his music videos, and after tying the knot, they had two kids together. Sadly, Usher and Tameka's marriage was short-lived. They divorced in 2009.

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3Jennifer Lopez

When Jennifer Lopez first started dating a much-younger backup dancer named Casper Smart in 2011, many people mistakenly assumed that their relationship would be a brief fling! But, despite their 17-year age difference, several breakups, and the fact that J.Lo is Casper's boss, the lovebirds are still together over five years later.

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After splitting from ex Guy Ritchie in 2008, Madonna, 57, dated a string of handsome, young backup dancers who danced on tour with her. First, there was 25-year-old Brahim Zaibat (pictured here with Madonna at the 2013 Met Gala). Then, following rumors that Brahim cheated with Madonna's trainer, the Material Girl moved on to Timor Steffens, 26. In more recent years, she's been linked to 25-year-old South African model Aboubakar Soumahoro.

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6Ethan Hawke

While still married to Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke allegedly began an affair with the couple's nanny, Ryan Shawhughes, in 2003. The actor married Ryan in 2008 after his divorce from Uma was finalized, although he denies that infidelity was to blame. "I met Ryan through my literary agent, and she was indeed one of Maya and Levon's nannies during a film shoot. After a short period of working for me, Ryan went back to Columbia to get her degree. There were never any scandalous thoughts or actions back then," he said in a 2009 interview.

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7LeAnn Rimes

Add LeAnn Rimes to the list of singers who've fallen in love with one of backup dancers! The country star was only 20 years old when she married dancer Dean Sheremet. However, their marriage ended in 2010 after LeAnn left him for her now second husband, Eddie Cibrian.

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8Simon Cowell

American Idol may have introduced Simon Cowell to an American TV audience, but it also introduced him to his one-time fiancée, Mezhgan Hussainy. The pair met while Mezghan was working as a makeup artist on the show and became in engaged in 2010, around the same time that the on-air judge left the show. Less than a year later, the couple announced their breakup.

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9Hilary Swank

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank put her career in the hands of her agent, John Campisi, and in late 2006, fresh off a divorce from ex-husband Chad Lowe, she put her heart in his hands as well. After dating for over five years, they ended both their personal and professional relationship in 2012.

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11Britney Spears

Pop star Britney Spears is no stranger to dating underlings! After divorcing former backup dancer husband Kevin Federline, Brit rebounded with a string of men, including her agent Jason Trawick, whom she got serious with and even agreed to marry in 2012. Sadly, Britney and Jason called off their engagement the following year.

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13Jude Law

While engaged to Sienna Miller in 2005, Jude Law made tabloid headlines when it was reported that he had cheated with Daisy Wright, his children's nanny. Jude made a public apology to Sienna; however, it wasn't enough to save their relationship, and their engagement was promptly called off.

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